Chemical Peels FAQs

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Learn the answers to frequently asked questions from our Orlando patients about chemical peels at the Hillcrest Dermatology & Plastic Surgery.

Note: This information is not intended to be taken as medical advice; it is based on Dr. Kenrick Spence's many years of experience treating thousands of chemical peel patients at his facial plastic surgery practice.

To take the first step to achieving your cosmetic goals with chemical peels, request a consultation online. Or, call the Hillcrest Dermatology & Plastic Surgery at (407) 999-2585, and our knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you.

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Chemical Peels Questions Answered by Dr. Spence

Is putting acid on your face dangerous?

No, chemical peels performed by our highly qualified and experienced staff are not dangerous. Chemicals peels are one of the oldest and most reliable ways of rejuvenating the skin. At the Hillcrest Dermatology & Plastic Surgery, these facial surfacing treatments are one of the most popular procedures performed. Depending on the type of peel, a chemical peel can:

  • Enhance dull or rough skin
  • Treat acne
  • Improve skin tone and texture

I have dark skin. Can I get a chemical peel in Orlando?

Yes, you can receive a chemical peel at our medical spa in Orlando. Many practitioners shy away from treating ethnic skin with chemical peels. However, great results can be obtained using chemical peels for darker skin types. To achieve these benefits, the skin has to be adequately prepared by using lightening creams and retinols. By performing this preparatory stage, chemical peels can be used to even out the skin tone and blend the complexion.


I have bad acne. Which chemical peel is best for me?

This depends on your skin type and the nature and severity of your acne. Because we offer 7 different kinds of chemical peels at the Hillcrest Dermatology & Plastic Surgery, we are able to customize your chemical peeling agents to your particular skin type and acne concerns.

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How do I best prepare for a chemical peel?

We recommend the following measures:

  • Avoid excessive sun exposure the week prior to your chemical peel.
  • Avoid abrading or aggressively scrubbing your skin within a few days of your chemical peel
  • If you have undergone a waxing or other skin treatment before your peel, please inform your skin care specialist.

How many chemical peels does it take to even out my complexion?

This depends on skin type and depth of pigment. By creating a personalized skin care regimen for each patient, we are able to perform a series of peels to achieve great results while limiting downtime. For example, for more superficial peels such as glycolic acid, a series of three treatments may be required, while one or two treatments may suffice for medium-depth peels.


Can chemical peels benefit areas other than the face?

Chemical peels can also produce great results on your back, chest, legs, arms, and hands. When performed in these areas, chemical peels can improve sun damage, pigment, and skin texture.


Can chemical peels treat melasma?

Even though melasma cannot be cured, chemical peels and a customized skin care regimen can do a great job of controlling it. The peeling agent will be chosen based on the degree of melasma.

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